Inspirational Rats on the Radio

There was a moment in the beginning of this film where I was reminded of the documentary Anvil. Older white guys still clinging to faded dreams of rock n roll glory. And yet, this is not the dominant feeling that stayed with me once the film was over. It was...

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Meet Me Tonight At Your Window

I really was still just a kid when I first heard ZX Dan on the Radio, but I remember the moment quite clearly. It felt like I was pulled into one of the science fiction books that I so loved to read and went for a trip with a friendly alien. It wasn’t until several...

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3/4 of the way through….

It’s the end of September already. Not unusually I am wondering where the hell the year went. It’s been a productive year of a different sort. For the first time in a long time I haven’t been focused primarily on a book or a project, but actually on my life: how I...

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Writing Re-visited

I think I formed the secret desire to be a writer when I was about 10. By desire I mean that I realised that I had found something that I really liked doing, that apparently I was good at and that I could really identify with doing for the rest of my life. When I say...

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What’s a Creativity Kickstarter?

Tuesday 6 September I will be hosting my first Creativity Kickstarter in Amsterdam. These are highly interactive sessions aimed at helping people to better understand their own creativity and how to access it more reliably. It’s also for people who have never...

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Happy Birthday To Me

46-years-old today… and for the first time in my life I actually feel like I am getting old. Not in a bad, depressing way. Just a certainty about the fact that there are things that I am just never going to do again (and thankfully a lot of them I don’t want to do...

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Run For Your Life!

In December 2015 I started running again properly after about an 18 month break. I had read the book ‘Born To Run’ during my road-trip through South Africa and was keen to try out this idea of running more on my toes, or the balls of my feet. When I first heard about...

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Something’s Gotta Change

A lot of crazy things are happening in our world. In fact, from the point of view of our daily lives, it seems that things really are going backwards rather than forwards. In many countries, the Right is on the rise and people seem intent on forcing exclusionary,...

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Insomnia

I’ve always been a good sleeper. An early bird yes, but not because I cannot sleep. But the last few weeks (I have lost count actually) I am experiencing something new. I now wake up every morning somewhere between 3:30 am and 4:30am, regardless of how late or early I...

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10 000 Goddam Hours

Hey Malcom Gladwell! Thanks for the 10 000 hours of mastery. It is such an amazing vehicle for explaining to people why they have or haven’t or will or will not achieve certain things… for explaining away the idea of the mythical inherent superiority of certain...

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3 Years Gone….

Today, 27 April 2016 is the day I left South Africa 3 years ago. It’s also Freedom Day, the anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, and King’s Day in the Netherlands, where I now live. An interesting set of coincidences. What has changed? I...

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Doing Your Own Thing

It seems everyone really wants to just do their own thing. At least that’s how people react when they hear about my life and my history. Which makes it doubly amazing when you see how few people are actually doing it. Most of us have fallen for the big lie which says...

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